The Coast Guard responded to a radio distress call received by Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders just before 5 p.m. Friday from a vessel disabled in rough seas 37 miles off Oregon Inlet.
A 47-foot motor life boat crew from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet launched to rescue the three people onboard the 22-foot recreational vessel.
Conditions on scene include 5-foot seas and water temperatures below 50 degrees.
There was no report late Friday of the condition of the boat, or the 3 people on board.
"Mariners should always consider the weather conditions prior to taking to the water," said Capt. Anthony Popiel, commanding officer of Sector North Carolina. "These early warm weather days can seem pleasant, but the water is still very cold, and if the weather turns, you can quickly find yourself in a dangerous situation."